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Issue 587 Volume 3 Number 87

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, August 11, 2022 and we note that the Kanata Food Cupboard has opened their annual Back to School Programme for any Kanata student who needs help with school supplies. Registration is until August 18.

Your Weekend

▪️It’s all things basketball at the Championship Weekend Ottawa 2022, running until Sunday. The schedule is packed with a 3x3 basketball tournament, player appearances and games, community basketball clinics, concerts, mural painting and food and drink. Presented by the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and the Ottawa Blackjacks Basketball Club.

▪️The Great India Festival presents Maha Bharatotsav, a celebration of Indian food, culture, and heritage at Marian Dewar Plaza. Today through Sunday, 11:00am to 10:30pm, Ottawa City Hall.

▪️The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival celebrating Indigenous-made film, video, media art, music and performance continues until Saturday at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Club Saw, and Gallery 101. Featured on Saturday is Bootleggeran award-winning 2021 film largely filmed in Kitigan Zibi.

▪️Tony award-winning emo musical Dear Evan Hansen continues at the National Art Centre  until Saturday


▪️Find TWIST Fibre Festival – Festival de la fibre Twist (August 12-14) about an hour’s drive from downtown Ottawa in Saint-André-Avelin, Qc. 530 Rue Charles Auguste Montreuil. It’s an opportunity to take in a workshop, view and buy yarn, textiles, and accessories, and there are even sheep dog herding demonstrations.

▪️Ottawa Garden Festival – Festival du Jardin Ottawa (August 12 - 21) aims to promote Ottawa as “A City of Gardens” and celebrates how gardening and gardens themselves have helped Canadians throughout the pandemic. Take self-guided tours of Zen, ccommunity, and Botanical gardens, take part in yoga in the National Gallery’s Sunken Garden, and even enjoy a special Botanics Cocktail at the Tavern at the Gallery (380 Sussex Drive). 


▪️Square Lemon returns to the Glebe Community Centre with the Summer in the City Market, from 10:30am to 3:00pm. In addition to the vendor lineup of over 40 makers, artisans, and artists, visitors can participate in a workshop as well as a silent auction for the Lemon Aid partner for the month, Ottawa Therapy Dogs. 173 Third Ave., 10:30am to 3:00pm. 

▪️The sort-of-monthly 613 Flea is back at Landsdown Park with 130 vendors. Still free, from 10 am to 4 pm.

▪️The Urban Botonist welcomes local businesses to its Plant & Pottery Pop Up at 877 Boyd Avenue from 10:00am to 4:00pm. You’ll find artisans, a tool garage sale, and a visit by Gather Food Truck. 

▪️Are you taking the family to Puppets Up Festival in Almonte this weekend? Your ticket also includes free admission to the Textile Museum of Mississippi Mills. The museum is open from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

▪️Ottawa Greet Festival continues this weekend.

▪️In Perth, Katherine Muir Miller Gallery is holding A Midsummer Night in Perth. Check out the art in the gallery, shop the handmade hats by Queen Bee Millinery, and enjoy food by Gather restaurant.

▪️OOh Festival, a Music, Arts & Streetwear Festival by Oohmasf and Real Fly Market will bring together vintage fashion, music, and food at the Ottawa sign at 110 York Street in the ByWard Market. 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Free admission. 

▪️Ottawa Kitten Rescue’s Bottle Drive will have drop off points from Stittsville to Orleans. Check the event Facebook page for updates

Please also consider donating to the organization, which needs help covering vet bills. They’ve had to close for intake of kittens needing homes, because of a lack of fosterers, adopters, and funds.

▪️In the interest of balance, Ottawa Dog Rescue will be holding a Patio Party at the Starbucks in Westboro, 421 Richmond Road. There’s a free coffee with your donation, and a raffle for a Starbucks basket. You’ll also meet some adoptable dogs. 9:00am to 1:00pm.


▪️After a two year Covid shutdown, the Riverkeeper Open Water Swim/Nage en eau litre Garde-rivière is back. Presented by Canaqua Sports and Ottawa Riverkeepers, the Riverkeeper 4K open water swim is designed to raise awareness of the need for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters. Today (Thursday August 11) is the final day to register for either the 1.5K race ($70) or the 4.0K race ($80). Both races start and finish at the Lac Deschênes Sailing Club. Thanksto our reader Scott for the heads up on this event. 

▪️If you’re a fan of pro wrestling head to Hammond Golf & Country Club for Classic Championship Wrestling. In addition to a 90-minute family friendly wrestling tournament, you’ll find Broken Stick Brewing Company on site with delicious craft beer. 

▪️Red Apron presents the Real Food Round-Up, where you can enjoy the food stylings of Gather Food Truck, Sula Wok, Pascale’s Ice Cream, and more local purveyors of food and drink. 410 Gladstone (in the parking lot) from 11:00am to 3:00pm. 

▪️Deacan Brodies celebrates a Scotland with A visit to the Lowlands at 4:00pm. Each ticket includes a dram of four different Lowlands whiskies. Tickets cost $62+ tax per person, and must be booked in advance. 

Deals of the day

▪️BKind has launched a new range of products called Pink Pepper, a melange of pink pepper and cedar wood, brown sugar, and vanilla. For a limited time, when you order $65 of BKind products you’ll get a free discovery kit of Pink Pepper body items. Use the code THINKPINK for your free kit. 

▪️Buy one piece of swimwear from Viens Avec Moi and get a second  one half off. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

? Is there something that Ottawans should know about? Email to us at [email protected]. We read every single comment.


Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 25°, low of 11°.   

Number: 7. Where Ottawa lies on a list of the top 10 cities with the most Tweets about stolen cars in the world. Yet, our 2010 Ford Fusion is still sitting there, fully insured and unstolen. There is now a Crispy Crunch in the glove box if that is of interest. Cairo is number one. [CityNews]

Ottawan of the Day: Emilie Darlington. The muralist has been making giant paintings on the sides of Ottawa buildings since 2016. [Apt 613]

Quote: ‘It’s going to take, like, 100 years to bring the forest back to where it was’ – Neighbour John Podgorski on the clearcut of a tract of trees in Hazeldean Woods by the National Capital Commission. The Commission says it was needed after the May 21 storm.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Frontier League Ottawa Titans 3 – New York Boulders 2, last night

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▪️The United People of Canada say that they have ‘commissioned’ the first member of their security force. On their Facebook post, it says that the group wants to create a “sizeable private security force’. Ottawa Police say that it has had “proactively engaged with the new occupants of the church” over reports of mischief and thefts at the St Brigid’s Church property and about the security force. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Three high-profile candidates for mayor say they don't want the proposed increase in powers. Bob Chiarelli, Catherine McKenney, and Mark Sutcliffe each said that they believed coöperation was required to solve housing problems. The Province is introducing a bill that would allow the mayors of Ottawa and Toronto to be involved in development issues and standardize processes, although how this would work in practice hasn't be announced. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Besides the above, Brandon Bay, Bernard Couchman, Graham MacDonald, Ade Olumide, Param Singh, Mike Maguire, Celine Debassige, Gregory Guevara, Nour Kadri, and Zed Chebib have all announced their candidacies for mayor. Potential candidates have until 2 pm August 19 to file with the City. 

▪️The woman who went missing for 42 years was living in Ohio. The family had received a tip in the 80s from a Saskatchewan hospital that the missing woman was in their care but the trail ran cold. [National Observer]

?Don’t forget that the Queensway will be closed between Metcalfe Street and Kirkwood Avenue at 8:00pm tonight and reopen at 6:00am Monday. If you're unaware of this, it'll be nightmarish travelling across Ottawa – if you remember, you'll take another route and live a calm life. The closure is to install a premade Booth Street Bridge replacement. [CBC] [Live Video]

Today’s Ottawa Home Office

We asked for pictures of your home office to share with our readers. 

Again, this really is the last photo we have – so if you would like to share your home office, this is that unused-exercise-bike-in-the-corner-covered-with-laundry in the sky signalling that now is the time. Send us a picture of your home office, and how you decorated it, to [email protected]

We will also accept photos of pets at work.

Today is reader ‘Liz’:

This is Poppy, the grey lady, and her daughter Tutti, the black lass with gold highlights. They are my inveterate office companions. Working as a communications consultant, the kitties are used to me usually working from home. 

You may wonder if I actually get any work done with all this delightful distraction, and their huge basic need to be stroked, tickled and talked-to.
However, using the powers of observation I have noted their behaviour patterns – their peak time for attention-seeking is between 11 and noon and 4 to 5 pm so I time my productivity accordingly. 

While I concentrate on my tasks at hand, Poppy and Tutti have intense bouts of snoozing, self-cleaning, snacking and chasing the occasional housefly!

Send your photo and your office hints to [email protected]

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